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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man...
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Mel Gibson, long-time heartthrob of the silver screen, came into his own as a director with Braveheart, an account of the life and times of medieval Scottish patriot William Wallace and, to a lesser degree, Robert the Bruce's struggle to unify his nation against its English oppressors. The story begins with young Wallace, whose father and brother have been killed fighting the English, being taken into the custody of his uncle, a nationalist and pre-Renaissance renaissance man. He returns twenty years later, a man educated both in the classics and in the art of war. There he finds his childhood sweetheart Murron Catherine McCormack, and the two quickly fall in love. There are murmurs of revolt against the English throughout the village, but Wallace remains aloof, wishing simply to tend to his crops and live in peace. However, when his love is killed by English soldiers the day after their secret marriage held secretly so as to prevent the local English lord from exercising the repulsive right of prima noctae, the privilege of sleeping with the bride on the first night of the marriage, he springs into action and single-handedly slays an entire platoon of foot soldiers. The other villagers join him in destroying the English garrison, and thus begins the revolt against the English in what will eventually become full-fledged war. Wallace eventually leads his fellow Scots in a series of bloody battles that prove a serious threat to English domination and, along the way, has a hushed affair with the Princess of Wales the breathtaking Sophie Marceau before his imminent demise. For his efforts, Gibson won the honor of Best Director from the Academy; the movie also took home statuettes for Best Picture, Cinematography, Makeup, and Sound Effects.
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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Thoroughly ahistorical, Braveheart is nonetheless a rousing tale of heroism and honor, full of passion and wit and courage enough to inspire an army to victory. In fact, it very nearly did just that, becoming a focal point within the U.S. military for discussions of the societal obligations of the modern citizen-soldier. Filmed almost entirely in Ireland, Braveheart convincingly re-creates its version of Scotland circa 1300. A major strength is the marvelously designed battle sequences, the work of actor/director Mel Gibson and cinematographer John Toll. While only a modest success at the box-office, Braveheart was a substantial hit in video, and is remembered as the R-rated film that parents most often brought home to share with their children.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/27/1996
  • UPC: 097361535036
  • Original Release: 1995
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson William Wallace
Sophie Marceau Princess Isabelle
Patrick McGoohan Edward I Longshanks
Catherine McCormack Murron
Brendan Gleeson Hamish
Ian Bannen Robert the Bruce's leprous father
James Robinson Young William
James Cosmo Campbell
David Patrick O'Hara Stephen
Alun Armstrong Mornay
Angus MacFadyen Robert the Bruce
Peter Hanly Prince Edward
Sean Lawlor Malcolm Wallace
Sandy Nelson John Wallace
Sean McGinley MacClannough
Alan Tall Elder Stewart
Ralph Riach Priest No 1
Robert Paterson Priest No 2
Brian Cox Argyle Wallace
Barry McGovern King's Advisor No 2
John Kavanagh Craig
Tommy Flanagan Morrison
Julie Austin Mrs Morrison
Alex Norton Bride's Father
Rupert Vansittart Lord Bottoms
Michael Byrne Smythe
Malcolm Tierney Magistrate
Tam White MacGregor
Donal Gibson Stewart
Jeanne Marine Nicolette
Martin Dunne Lord Dolecroft
John Murtagh Lochlan
David Mckay Young Soldier
Peter Mullan Veteran
Martin Murphy Lord Talmadge
Gerard McSorley Cheltham
Bernard Horsfall Balliol
Niall O'Brien English General No 2
Liam Carney Sean
Phil Kelly Farmer
Martin Dempsey Drinker No 1
Jimmy Keogh Drinker No 2
Joe Savino Chief Assassin
David Gant Chief Justice/Executioner
Mal Whyte Jailor
Technical Credits
Mel Gibson Director, Producer
Matt Earl Beesley Asst. Director
Simon Crane Stunts
Nathan Crowley Art Director
Bruce Davey Producer
Daniel Dorrance Art Director
James Horner Score Composer
Peter Howitt Set Decoration/Design
Charles Knode Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan Ladd Jr. Producer
John Lucas Art Director
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer
Ned McLoughlin Art Director
Patsy Pollock Casting
Elizabeth Robinson Associate Producer
Mic Rodgers Asst. Director, Stunts
Steven Rosenblum Editor
Thomas Sanders Production Designer
Brian Simmons Sound/Sound Designer
John Toll Cinematographer
David Tomblin Asst. Director
Randall Wallace Screenwriter
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Braveheart is Amazing!

    I have watched this movie so many times, and now that I own it, I'll watch it even more!
    I love the history, the action, the love story, the humor, the camaraderie, the cinematography, the Scottish landscape. This is the standard for historic epic films. I recommend this movie to any- and everyone!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't screw with the Scottish.

    Braveheart was an all-around excellent movie. If you're in the mood to watch an action-packed war movie about one seriously pissed off Scottish killing machine, this is the movie for you. Most of the movie consists of fighting, and the rest of the time is filled with either a tiny bit of drama, or some Scottish humor (such as mooning their enemies).
    They really went all out making Wallace a romantic hero. He's always doing something to show how innocent or nature-loving he really is. He shows that he has a sense of honor based on a more personal level than society's level. He also seems to be unable to be stopped unless betrayed, which just slaps you in the face with more innocence. This can get a bit annoying at times, when a hero in a movie comes off as invincible unless drama occurs, but I must say that it's still enjoyable to watch. For the nature-loving aspect of his character, they really go all out whether you realize it or not. I mean, every time William Wallace gets a little pissed off, clouds gather and cause dramatic scenes of storms in the background. Pretty amazing, right? He also loves nature enough to secretly get married in it, and when he was a kid he was always playing in the woods.
    Overall, I loved this movie. Normally I can't stand watching movies about times from long ago because they are always somewhat boring to me, but this movie was amazing. Sure it had historical inaccuracies, but that's what makes a movie great. Reality can be boring and disappointing, which is why we watch a movie: to get a taste of twisted reality to make a simple story awesome. 5 stars FTW.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Braveheart-FANTASTICAL

    Braveheart has to be one of the best action-packed war films I have ever seen. Although it's not historically correct, that doesn't matter to me; just the fact that its a love story war film that takes place a long time ago that has some pretty awesome music. One thing I really didn't like, though, was that he slept with the prince's wife. Sure, Murron is deceased, but he vowed to love her and no other. He even keeps his title of a romantic hero by holding onto her handkerchief throughout the entire movie. Wallace isn't like the rest of the warriors in Braveheart, he is truely one of a kind and he fights from his heart, not his hands.
    By the way, mister "Litte Ray of Sunshine," I have no clue how you could possibly find racism in this entire movie--ENGLAND IS NOT A RACE! Also, who cares if it's historically accurate? Sometimes, making a movie by every exact thing that really happened makes it boring. And the whole kilt thing you talked about, having them in the movie makes it really funny in the war scene where the Scots moon the English. However, your sarcasm is quite humorous, I must say.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    B U T FULL!

    This movie couldn't have been better if it featured a bear on a unicycle! It is a truly incredible story and, even with a few practically unnoticable time frame screw-ups, it keeps the crowd's blood pumping and begging for more. Epic.

    Braveheart, the inspiring tale of Romantic Hero, William Wallace, takes place in 13th Century Scotland. Wallace struggles with freedom, women, and his own purity (which is amazing that he maintained it throughout).

    The time faults were minor to say the worst. Unless you're really anal about everything being PERFECT, then the flaws shouldn't bother you. They didn't bother me and...trust me...I need things perfect. Nobody cares when the kilt was invented or whether or not William Wallace and Queen Isabella met. As long as the journey's good, right? Nice and gory! That's what people want to see! Honestly, does anyone really believe that the movie would be more interesting if it was completely historically correct the whole time? No one wants to pay good money to see a 3 hour documentary on the history of Scotland when they really wanted to see William Wallace become the most amazing freedom fighter to hit the planet by annihilating men with unbelievable finesse for the vengeance of his murdered woman.

    Wallace portrays every aspect of the typical hero, but that's what we all look for. The guy who can survive a gas pump explosion and slowly walk out of the wildfire without so much of a whimper. The guy who can jump out of the 21st story window and smash a moving train without even losing an arm. I...don't recall any of these events in Braveheart, but that's not the point. We all seem to want for the hero to kick some major butt, then go out bellowing, "FRRREEEEEEEEDDOOOOOOMMMMMMM!!" Don't lie.

    I like how the directors try to make you feel like you're at William Wallace's execution. The up-close cinematography allows the viewers to almost experience the pain with him. And let's not say that we weren't all a little bit touched when the last thing he saw was his wife as a spirit. Oh please, you got choked up and you know it.

    For anyone who has not seen Braveheart, or has doubts about seeing it, should just trust this random guy doing this post, and watch it. Well done, Mel. Well done.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    "What Will You Do Without Freedom"

    To me, this gut-wrenching, emotionally-charged war epic has been the best film in that genre to have ever been produced in the history of film. This epic conveys the human need to be free, as essential as food, air, and water, and to that end, it conveys this need quite effectively. Although violent, as war certainly is, I think that anyone will enjoy it, if only by virtue of humanity's struggle for freedom, which countless people have fought, bled, and died for throughout the history of human existence. William Wallace did for Scotland what George Washington, the Early Colonists, and innumerable patriots did for America's freedom.

    Freedom, as this film depicts, is not just limited to America, Europe, and the West, but equally important is the urgency for all the people of the world to be free, in all of its contexts. Romanticists will find a home in this film, history buffs certainly will, Europeans will (yes, even the British), and virtually anyone who even has a passing interest in history, freedom, tyranny, love, war, salvation, vengeance, justice, scenery, and the fundamental human longing to do as they wish, without fear of persecution, death, torture, or anything else that is imposed upon the will of citizens yearning to be free. Aside from the seriousness of freedom, is does have humorous parts, captures quite well the Scottish Highlands and countryside, is historically accurate to a degree, and is very entertaining that will keep the viewer on the edge of their proverbial seat, while also conveying an articulateness and emotion that is rarely seen in today's films, save for Gladiator, The Green Mile, and a few other wondrous epics.

    Sophie Marceau lends her natural beauty and proclivity for the highest degree of femininity to an historical context, that is not seen much in that era, and even portends a romantic/sexual interest in Wallace (Mel Gibson) as she sees him as the very ideal of masculinity, fighting as much for the woman he lost at the hands of a brutal English nobleman, as he is for his nation's freedom from tyranny. Patrick McGoohan embodies the very essence of what most regard as the quintessential tyrannical English king, never ceasing in his pursuit to conquer the world, or at least his part of it, and brings a sense of cruelty to his role in the film, which all tells of his innate acting ability to make it all seem more real. Last, but by no means least, Mel Gibson as both director and star of the epic film, masters the ability to portray a sense of action, history, romance, loss, the fight for freedom, life and death as if they were all intertwined into one coherent entity. The viewer is left with a stunning sense of awe, the deepest appreciation for what it really takes to persevere over tyranny, and what the endless love of a good woman combined with a mission to triumph over adversity, can do to an otherwise common man, in his relentless pursuit to free his nation forever and avenge his beloved's death.

    Michael Wade

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie

    I loved this movie I saw it many times before .. mel gibson did agreat performance in Brave Heart .. I just love it.. thanks BN.COM

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Unforgettable

    A good story, enjoyed it. A fictional retelling of a real person.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This Chick Loves This Flick!

    Great Movie!! I've watched it over and over and I'm NOT a film buff. Believe it or not it's a great love story (guys, you probably didn't pay that much attention to the beginning, but - show this to your lady & tell her I said it's kinda like Titanic)! The fighting/battle scenes are pretty intense (and I'm no weakling) but they're also what makes the movie! A lot of Passion!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "But They'll Never Take Our Freedom!"

    In all my life I have not seen a movie as spectacular as this. Not just a movie- an insipiring journey of one man, who had the courage to let his heart live his life. A man who lived for courage, passion, wisdom, and freedom. Much like the man who directed this wonder, and tied love into the unbreakable knot of this real life legend, starring as the true heart of Scotland. Brought out of the shadows, striking us with never ceasing chills, with almost unbelievable images of the shining beauty of Scotland The Brave, and the beautiful music and acting, Braveheart pierces our hearts and souls with emotion. It is almost unbelievable. My life would be much different having not seen this movie, and the life lessons in it can be found nowhere else. The cinematography and direction are outstanding the music,scenery, and acting are like none you will ever see in your life. I can tell when people say the best epic is 300 or anything of that sort loaded with special effects, that they have not seen Braveheart and taken it in. Nothing against other movies, they are great! But Mel Gibson's promulgates emotion and passion with pure acting and music. Mel is able to convey all the sadness, betrayal, and utter heartbreak in the world with just one look. This movie inspires you to live. It truly does. Braveheart is an impression, A brave impression that will shine proudly in your heart forever. It has left an impact on my heart,really, so give it a try and really take it in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brave Broken Heart

    Pretty Dang Violent and disappointing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brutal

    The fighting in this movie eclipses anything I have ever seen and with good reason. The British brutalized the Irish and the Scots to a degree that we (I have both pedigrees) will never forger or even forgive. I'll give Tony Blair props in the Irish case. Mel Gibson went somewhat over-the-top with this savagery. For one, the Scots were a highly advanced society by then when Longshanks took them by storm and they could readily handle themselves. Mel Gibson could have spared us his torture scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A missed opportunity

    Gibson's film is a grotesque travesty of history. Its heart is in the right place but the inaccuracies of the film and the ludicrous Hollywood plot demean Wallace and actually end up understating his achievements. A 13th C Scots army capturing York? As likely as the Viet Cong capturing Los Angeles. Lightly armed Scots charging front on the pride of European chivalry? Don't think so. Wallace meets the English princess? A better film would have shown more clearly the great genius of Wallace in his struggles to restore Scottish freedom and independence after Edward's invasion

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Try

    Mel Gibson gives it all he has, but it is not enough. While the story is powerful, the acting falls short save for Gibson, and the middle of the movie lags into something that doesn't quite fit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Still the best movie I have ever seen

    This movie is amazing...it is inspiring and chilling!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    best move I've ever seen

    this is the best movie I ever seen in 10 years. It has everything that makes a movie great...Passian, heart, great acting, and a lot emotion. The film really moved me and I only with I had seen it in the theaters. If you havent seen this movie yet, you're missing out on a true gem of a film

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A moving historical epic beyond comparison.

    When I first saw this movie, it had just won the Oscar for best film. I watched it when it first came to the rental stores, and I just wished that I had seen it in theaters. This movie moved me in ways no other movie ever has, and I am an avid film watcher. The story of William Wallace, a peasant who unites his people against King Edward and the Armys of England. Throughout the movie he battles the Armys of England while at the same time, the corruption of noble leaders of his own country. It is just an all-around magnificent epic film. I would recomend it to any one who has not seen it. It is certainly worth your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE OF THE BEST FILMS I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!

    I remeber the first time I saw Braveheart which was October 31st 2002. I loved the film souch watched 2 more times. Then the very next morning I watched it again. The thing i realy liked about this film was how William Wallace (Mel Gibson) would not stop fighting for freedom and how he was willing to die for freedom. I also liked how was not going down without a fight. Mel Gipson did a great job on acting and directing. I recomend this to anyone that like movies. This movie will always be on my top 5 faveriot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite film of all time!

    I've seen some great movies... but this one tops "my" list. A stirring gritty telling of the tale of William Wallace that sucks me in every time I watch it. Wonderfully directed by Gibson... this film deserved every award it received (Best Picture winner) in 1995 and then some. Great movie... buy it and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INSPIRING

    This is one of my all-time favourites! I really love the rich historical tapestry that Gibson weaves. Though it's not 100% historically accurate, Braveheart is still an excellent movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow...

    Wow is all I can say! Extremely powerful message, one I think all can understand. Really a great movie, great principals, great objective! Mel Gibson was awesome! This movie is fantastic and I think all who can handle violence should see this. It is very powerful and strong, and although you may not appreciate it while you watch it, after, you'll be glad you did. Again, truly splendid! The most truthful and painful part in the whole movie, I think, was this line, 'Every man dies, but not every man lives.' So true- although sometimes hard to accept. I hope that single quote will persuade you to watch it. It is brilliant. Bravo!

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